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Style your basic white shirt with ethnic wear

Style your basic white shirt with ethnic wear

Here are some ways to style your white shirt with ethnic wear:

Can’t choose between Indian and western wear? Got your heavy wedding lehenga dumped in the back of your closet? The latest trend of the season will help you deal with your fashion woes the stylish way. All you need is a chic white shirt to style the perfect Indo-western outfit and put your heavy lehengas and palazzos to use.A wardrobe staple for all of us, white shirts exude elegance and poise. However, we no longer have to limit them to formal or professional wear.

A white shirt is like a pretty, empty canvas that can be paired with almost anything for a fusion look.

Whether you’re planning your bridesmaid look or your Diwali party outfit, styling a white shirt with ethnic wear will help you make an effortless fashion statement. Lets see how:-

1. Pair it up with a bright skirt

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An easy ways to style your white shirt with ethnic wear is to pair it with a printed or embroidered skirt. Tuck your shirt in a high waist skirt and pair it up with dull gold jewellery for the perfect Indo-western outfit for a mehendi or sangeet outfit. For a heavy look, ceremony you can opt for zari or brocade fabric skirts with can can. For a simpler look, you can go for a simple cotton skirt and pair it with a thick leather belt. This look will make you look super stylish and is great way to repurpose your clothes and make a statement.

2. Wear it as a blouse with your sari

jaypore, Soozana Pvan, keepmestylish.com

White shirts are a perfect substitute for sari blouses. They’re super versatile and can be worn like a traditional blouse or with an unconventionally draped sari. For a fun, casual look, unbutton the last few buttons of your shirt and tie it into a knot. Wear your lehriya or tie and dye saris and go for layered silver jewellery. For a formal look, go for a leotard shirt with a structured fit and pair it with an elegant silk sari from your mother’s collection.

3. Wear Statement Accessories

accessorise your white shirt
Soozana Pvan, frugal2fab.com, Natasha Luthra

White shirts are like an empty canvas, so don’t be shy to play with accessories. You can pair a white shirt with silver, gold, polki, emerald, ruby, almost anything. While styling your white shirt with ethnic wear, wear a statement piece of jewellery, like a choker or chunky earrings to grab attention at any occasion. You can also play around with the accessories and layer chunky and minimalistic pieces. Since white is such a versatile colour, accessorizing it well can really make or break your outfit. Layer silver jewellery for an afternoon look, or wear fancy collar pins for an added dose of glam for your Diwali party.

4. Go the Banarasi way: 

Keerthy Suresh, Akanksha Redhu, Palak and Dhruv Photography

For a contemporary desi look, pair your white shirt with pants and a dupatta. Repurpose your mother’s old Banarsi dupattas for a fusion look. You can experiment with the draping or wear it conventionally. If managing saris is a hassle for you, drape your dupatta like a sari and replace your petticoat with pants. This look is chic, but super comfortable and effortless. Accessorize it with oxidized or dull gold jewellery for the finishing touches and you’re all set for a semi-formal occasion.

Match your white shirt with pastel shades:


A classy way to style your white shirt with ethnic wear is to pair it up with pastel shades. Yellow, lavender, mint, dirty pink will all go really well with a white shirt. Put on vintage shades and a vintage piece of accessory like pearl strings and you’re ready for a Sunday brunch.

You can also play with the fabric of your shirt. While a crisp cotton shirt will work well for semi-formal or casual outings, silk shirts are perfect for formal functions.

Stay tuned to Styl-Inc Blogs for more such tips and trends. 

Keep’in it Styl’ ish,

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